Posted: July 18, 2012
Obama Campaign Files Federal Complaint Over Ohio Early Voting Law
President Obama's campaign, together with the Ohio and national democratic parties, filed a federal lawsuit yesterday over Ohio's early voting law. The complaint asserts that current Ohio law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution and 42 U.S.C. 1983 because it permits in-person absentee voting in the three days immediately preceding Election Day for some voters but not for others. Specifically, the complaint states that voters using the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voter Act can vote in the three days prior to an election but voters not using this Act cannot. The plaintiffs ask the court for an injunction prohibiting the state from enforcing current law, effectively restoring in-person absentee voting in the three days prior to an election for all Ohio voters. The case is Obama for America v. Husted.